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That didn’t take long: After recording one day’s worth of episodes, Mike Richards is no longer hosting Jeopardy! WE DID IT, GUYS!
Except: He’s going to remain on as an executive producer. Well, huh.
Also, the episodes that Richards taped yesterday as host will be aired, according to The Wrap.
After a long audition process involving multiple celebrities over several weeks, Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards was announced as the new host of the popular game show. This came days after the public was reminded that Richards had been involved in sexual discrimination lawsuits during his time at The Price is Right. Then, on Wednesday, The Ringer published an article revealing that Richards recorded a podcast associated with The Price is Right in which he was deeply offensive towards his female cohosts, made gross comments about female bodies in general, used offensive terms about little people, made disparaging remarks about people needing public assistance, and made some anti-Semitic comments, prompting the Anti-Defamation League to call for an investigation.
Additionally, it was strongly suggested that though he was not officially part of the group who chose the new host, Richards manipulated the audition process to guarantee that he would have the best chance at winning the spot.
Between all of that and the very loud disappointment that he was chosen over the likes of LeVar Burton, Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings, and Lauren Coates (who wasn’t even given a guest hosting spot) there was simply no way Richards was going to survive this disaster. It’s remarkable he’s being allowed to stay on as EP, frankly. How this man thought he was going to get away with all of this in our current environment is baffling to me. If you’ve done some shit in your past that would destroy your career if Ronan Farrow found out about it, maybe don’t weasel your way into such a public position.
Happy Friday, y’all!
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) August 20, 2021
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) August 20, 2021
People have thoughts:
Mike RIchards tried to Cheney himself but instead he just got Scaramucci’d
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) August 20, 2021
it's weird that Mike Richards, head of the Jeopardy host search, did not properly vet Mike Richards, the choice for Jeopardy host, in an exhaustive search lead by Mike Richards
— Imran Khan (@imranzomg) August 20, 2021
After the second round of guest hosts Jeopardy announces their new host Rike Michards! pic.twitter.com/oeRQm9QOvR
— Mitch Insero (@M_Insero26) August 20, 2021
Claire saved the best game show in history by listening to 40 episodes of a boring guy’s tremendously unfunny podcast. A true American hero https://t.co/gzhSR5zbkP
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) August 20, 2021
"Jeopardy" is a noun meaning "peril or danger." Here it is in a sentence:
"My job is in jeopardy because of my past comments."https://t.co/E7xeeNTN4g
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) August 20, 2021
Speaking of game show hosts, Bob Barker got real about the best part of hosting The Price is Right. No lies detected.
David Chase thought that Michael Gandolfini’s impersonation of his father as a young Tony Soprano was “incredible,” and I get that, but he really should see my sons’ impersonations of their father sometime. They’re savage.
Fox News' "Gutfeld!" topped all the late-night programs in total viewers and the key demo on Tuesday night. https://t.co/e08aFPU7g8
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) August 19, 2021
Going back to White Lotus for a second, this is a good piece about the disappointing choice that Alexandria Daddario’s character, Rachel, makes in the finale. It was the only element of the ending that didn’t feel true to me, but this helps explain Rachel’s state of mind. (I still think it could have been written a little tighter, though.)
Support Nabisco workers striking for humane working hours, fair pay, outsourcing jobs.
NO CONTRACTS NO SNACKS
— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) August 18, 2021
On Wednesday, @DannyDevito expressed solidarity with striking Nabisco workers.
“NO CONTRACTS NO SNACKS,” he tweeted.
Today, Twitter stripped him of his verified status, DeVito confirmed to More Perfect Union. pic.twitter.com/rbYfM90sOs
— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) August 19, 2021
Twitter unverified Danny DeVito for supporting strikers but they’re okay with Marjorie Taylor Greene equating vaccination passports to the Holocaust and Lauren Boebert praising the Taliban.
Danny was a legend before they were born and he’ll be a legend long after they’re gone.
— Meredith Lee (@meralee727) August 19, 2021
Danny DeVito when Twitter calls to give him back his verification pic.twitter.com/oreJPNT707
— Rich (@UptownDC_Rich) August 19, 2021
But Twitter wants you to know: 1. He got his checkmark back, and 2. It was temporarily removed not because of his pro-union stance, but because his account was missing an email address or phone number. Whatever happened here, it’s all good now.
This is movie-related, and not TV-related, but I feel like you should see it anyway:
Will Smith talking about how he passed on playing Neo in THE MATRIX because the Wachowski's pitch was awful pic.twitter.com/FxpeqKWPhS
— Spence, Todd (@Todd_Spence) August 19, 2021
- Reno 911 has been given an additional episode order by Roku.
- Punky Brewster has been canceled after one season on Peacock.
- This Is Always, a film starring Daniel Dae Kim, is coming to Amazon.
- The Academy of Country Music Awards will stream exclusively on Amazon next year.
- Robin Thicke will mentor up-and-coming TikTok star La’Ron Hines in a new reality series being developed.
- Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has signed a multi-year overall deal at Netflix.
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler has joined the cast of Big Sky on ABC.
- Noah Emmerich will co-star on Dark Winds on AMC.
- Hank Azaria has joined the cast of Super Pumped on Showtime as Tim Cook.
- Peter Gallagher is returning to Grey’s Anatomy on ABC.
- Anna Khaja has joined The Walking Dead: World Beyond on AMC.
- David DeSantos has joined S.W.A.T. on CBS.
Mark Your Calendar
- The Pen15 Animated Special will premiere on Hulu on August 27.
- Yellowstone will return on Paramount+ on November 14.
- Frogger will premiere on Peacock on September 9.
- The Voyeurs will premiere on Amazon on September 10.
- BMF will premiere on Starz on September 26.
- The Circle returns on Netflix on September 8.
Let's make up for lost time:
Season 3 of The Circle premieres September 8! pic.twitter.com/fdGCwSFZ6t
— Netflix (@netflix) August 19, 2021
- Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space will premiere on Netflix on September 6.
- Adventure Time: Distant Lands – Wizard City will debut on HBO Max on September 2.
- Top Chef Family Style will premiere on Peacock on September 9.
- Nightbooks will premiere on Netflix on September 15.
- American Ninja Warrior Junior will debut on Peacock on September 9.
- Floribama Shore returns on MTV on September 16.
- Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny will return on MTV on September 16.
- Do, Re & Mi will debut on Amazon on September 17.
- Martyrs Lane will premiere on Shudder on September 9.
- Home Sweet Home will debut on NBC on October 15.
- Hightown will return on Starz on October 17.
- Below Deck will return on Bravo on October 25.
- Mayor of Kingstown will premiere on Paramount+ on November 14; 1883 will debut on December 19.
Chuck Close, Acclaimed visual artist (and accused sexual harasser)
Reminiscence: Hugh Jackman stars in this futuristic mystery as a private investigator of the mind who helps his clients find their lost memories. Premiere. HBO Max
The Chair: Sandra Oh is the chair of a university’s English department, in this new comedy created by Amanda Peet. Series premiere. Netflix
Sweet Girl: Jason Momoa takes on the pharmaceutical industry in this new action-adventure film. Or something. Netflix
The Loud House Movie: Premiere. Netflix
Greatest #AtHome Videos: Cedric the Entertainer is back with more viral videos and feel-good moments. Season premiere. 8 p.m., CBS
Stand Up to Cancer: Famous people raise money for cancer research. CBS, Fox, NBC, IFC, AHS, AXS TV, DA, DFC, DLC, E!, FYI, Showtime, UPtv
Godzilla vs. Kong: Monster mash. 7 p.m., HBO
Pixie: Alec Baldwin co-stars as a gangster priest in this Irish heist film. 8 p.m., Showtime
The Walking Dead: Maggie tells her story in the final season premiere. 8 p.m., AMC
NYC Epicenters 9/11 – 2021 1/2: Spike Lee’s new docuseries explores New York City’s past two tumultuous decades. Series premiere. 7 p.m., HBO
Work in Progress: The charming and neurotic comedy about a 45-year-old woman re-evaluating her life is back for season two. 10 p.m., Showtime
Gossip: A look at the New York City gossip industry and its mavens, including Liz Smith, George Rush, Richard Johnson, and Cindy Adams. Series premiere. 7 p.m., Showtime
Chapelwaite: Adrien Brody stars in this new Stephen King story (and Salem’s Lot prequel) as a ship captain who moves his family to Maine after his wife dies. Spooky shit ensues. Series premiere. 9 p.m., Epix
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